Saturday, 12 May 2012

Have fabric, will sew

Fabrics and habdash


New fabric acquisitions are always to be celebrated. I was very excited to be let loose in a fabric shop in Monmouth on a recent family outing. Eldest daughter and I cruised the shelves and came away with a fairly modest selection - a few yards of pretty ribbons, bindings and lace trims, and a half metre of a London landmarks print by Benartex Fabrics. Meanwhile, the husband, son, and smallest, wandered the street outside and did not complain at all about how long we had been, or appear silhouetted in the shop doorway every five minutes looking pained. No, not once.

dottie quilt backing


Then this week, the arrival by post of the long-awaited Moda 108" wide dottie quilt backing fabric. I've been struggling with a decision over the backing for my scrap vomit quilt top for eons, and finally a solution. I chose the grey dottie as my B blocks are in charcoal grey solid and I wanted a real contrast too between the bonkers colours of the front and a plainer back. Also, squares versus dots, always a winner. And I'm all for not having to piece quilt backs; have you seen Katy's campaign over on her blog? Hopefully there'll be even more choice of extra-wide quilt backings in the not-too-distant future, but in the meantime, the dotties will do very nicely indeed! Mine is from M is for Make. Kate has the grey, red, lime and aqua in stock at £9.50 per half metre, which is easily cheaper than trying to back a quilt of this size in standard 44" wide fabric. Having wrestled the quilt, wadding and backing into submission with about 300 safety pins last night, I'm more or less ready to quilt.

I'm handquilting this one; I may be some time.


6 comments:

  1. I have just found your blog and I love it. I live in France where the fabric is eye watering expensive so Myself and several ladies I am friends with purchase it on line from Hancocks of paduca even with the shipping it is cheaper . But the point is they have backing fabric 108 inches wide , my husband hates me looking on there site as I get carried away , also could you tell me where you got the pattern for the babies cardigan as I have a new granddaughter I would love to make it for . Best wishes hope you are having a great day Chris

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    1. Thanks, Chris! Ah but you do have La Drougerie and Marie Claire Idees in France!

      Blogger hasn't given me your email address, but if you drop me a message and send you the pattern details for the cardigan. Or you can find it on my ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/angharadknits/lucky-2

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  2. I love that London fabric, but the wee soldiers on that ribbon takes things to a whole other level - I wonder if I have any chance of persuading the family to stop by Monmouth on our trip home this summer? Probably about as much chance as I have of them not appearing every five minutes silhouetted in a fabric shop doorway looking pained: zero. Fabric shopping has to be a solo venture for me.

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    1. I know, I should know better than to take the whole family fabric shopping! How near are you skirting to Monmouth? They have some lovely bits and pieces in that shop! I'm not sure when I'll next be there, but give me a shout if you'd like me to get you some ribbon next time.

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  3. Gorgeous fabric acquisitions - I can see some of that dotty line making it's way into my life. My usual way of backing quilts is to peruse every, single online sale I can find in the hope of finding something reasonably priced that will 'go' with the front. Please keep us updated with the hand quilting of Scrap Vomit, I love a bit of hand quilting action!

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    1. I've done exactly the same, Helen. There were some very nice V&A sale fabrics in doughty's that nearly made the cut. Really pleased with the dottie though, the grey is a nice antidote to all the colours in the top.

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